Crain's Detroit Business Names Jaffe's Justin Hanna to 2018 "20 in their Twenties" List (Monday, May 07, 2018)

SOUTHFIELD, MICH., May 7, 2018 - Crain's Detroit business has named Justin A. Hanna, associate to its 2018 "20 in their Twenties" list. The award recognizes the hard work of local rising leaders who are making waves as young professional within companies, have shown success as entrepreneurs or have made a local impact in other demonstrable ways.

Hanna, a member of Jaffe's Corporate Practice Group, focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and commercial real estate transactions. Over the past 18 months, he has been involved in at least 19 of the firm's M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of over $400 million. This includes managing four of his own multi-million dollar transactions.

Notably, Hanna's accomplishments extend to the local community. In June 2017, Hanna established and led an effort on behalf of the firm that assisted 16 Iraqi nationals from the metro Detroit area who were detained as part of a push to increase immigration enforcement. Hanna collaborated with CODE Legal Aid and recruited a team of Jaffe attorneys to file emergency motions for 16 individuals who did not have representation to fight their imminent deportations. With the help of the firm, he personally ensured that all of its affected clients had the proper legal representation and opportunity to address their immigration claims in court.

Hanna also led a Jaffe effort to file an amicus brief in federal court on the Hamama v. Adducci class action, arguing the harmful effects of prolonged detention. Judge Goldsmith subsequently agreed and required the government to hold bond hearings for a majority of the 200 detained Iraqi nationals. Thanks to Hanna's efforts, Jaffe clients have resolved their immigration issues and earned their U. S. citizenships, and countless others have been released from detention on bond. Jaffe's contributions towards these efforts to date equal over $180,000 worth of in kind services.

Hanna earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Wayne State University (WSU) Law School in Detroit, where he was recognized for high academic achievement. Concurrently while in law school, he earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in finance from WSU's Mike Illitch School of Business where he was also recognized for high academic achievement. Prior to earning his JD/MBA, Hanna received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in management from WSU.

He is an active member of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, the Association for Corporate Growth and CODE Legal Aid. While at WSU, Hanna was the founding chair of the Wayne State Transactional Law Competition, a co-curricular program that has quickly established itself as a mainstay for business-minded law students, which was developed after Hanna successfully competed in outside regional and national transactional competitions.